Devices compatible with Apple Arcade

Find out whether or not your iPhone or iPad can upgrade to iOS 13 or iPadOS in order to run Apple Arcade.

With the release of Apple Arcade comes questions of whether or not certain devices can download and run the app. Before you can even get to the app, you’ll first need to update your device to either iOS 13 on iPhone or iPadOS on iPad. Once you’ve updated, you should see the Apple Arcade option added to the App Store. To help you quickly determine which iPhones and iPads you can upgrade, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of devices compatible that are with Apple Arcade!

Devices compatible with Apple Arcade

Wondering if your device can update to iOS 13 or iPadOS and run Apple Arcade? Here's everything that's compatible!
Wondering if your device can update to iOS 13 or iPadOS and run Apple Arcade? Here's everything that's compatible!

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Right now, most iPhone and iPad users can download and run Apple Arcade as long as they upgrade to either iOS 13 or iPadOS. Starting on September 30, support for Apple Arcade on Apple TV will begin provided that Apple TV owners update to tvOS 13. If you’re planning to dig into Apple Arcade on an iMac or MacBook, you’ll need to wait until October, then update your to macOS Catalina.

Note that not all devices are compatible with these updates. With information provided by Apple, iPad and iPhone users should be able to quickly determine whether they can run the update and in doing so, access Apple Arcade. Below, we’ve provided bulleted lists for devices that can update to iOS 13 as well as devices that can update to iPadOS.

Devices that can update to iOS 13

All of these devices can be updated to iOS 13 and run Apple Arcade.
All of these devices can be updated to iOS 13 and run Apple Arcade.
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  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod Touch (7th Generation)**

Devices that can update to iPadOS

These devices are compatible with iPadOS and can run Apple Arcade.
All of these devices can be updated to run iPadOS and Apple Arcade.
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  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th Generation)
  • iPad (6th Generation)
  • iPad (5th Generation)
  • iPad mini (5th Generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd Generation)
  • iPad Air 2

If you see that your devices is compatible with either iOS 13 or iPadOS, you’ll need to install the update in order to view Apple Arcade on the App Store. From there, you should be able to purchase the $4.99 (USD) monthly subscription for Apple Arcade and gain access to all of the games included with the service. Keep in mind that just because you're able to update to iOS 13 or iPadOS and run Apple Arcade, doesn't mean all of the games will run flawlessly, especially if you own an older device like the iPhone 6s. 

Now that you know which devices are compatible with Apple Arcade via which ones can update to iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, be sure to check out some of our other features including 11 games worth getting Apple Arcade for, how to get access to Apple Arcade through iOS 13, and a look at the upcoming competitor to Apple Arcade on Android called Google Play Pass.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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